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WGGP Weekly News

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WGGP Events This Weeks

Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin  
Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin  

The Relevance of Transitional Justice Twenty Years after 9/11

Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
University of Minnesota Law School

Thursday, September 30

7:00 PM CST
via Zoom

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Sam Moyn  
Samuel Moyn, Law and History, Yale University  
"The Coming of Humane War"

Samuel Moyn
Law and History, Yale University

September 28, 2021 7:30pm CST

Join us for a discussion of Moyn's new book Humane followed by commentary from respondents Avital Livny (Political Science) and Patrick Kennan (Law).

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WGGP Upcoming Events

WGGP Library Exhibit  
WGGP Main Library Exhibit  
WGGP Main Library Exhibit Ends This WEEK!
Main Library 1st Floor North-South Corridor

The WGGP exhibit ends this week!

Take a picture in front of the exhibit and tag us! 
#WGGPIllinois #WGGP40Strong

Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya  
Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya  

Solidarity and Feminism: Histories Threaded
Through Race and Empire

Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya
Purdue University

Friday, October 15

12:00 PM CST
via Zoom

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Tithi Bhattacharya is a professor of South Asian History at Purdue University. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal (Oxford University Press, 2005) and the editor of the now classic study, Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression (Pluto Press, 2017).  Her recent coauthored book includes the popular Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto (Verso, 2019) which has been translated in over 25 languages. She writes extensively on Marxist theory, gender, and the politics of Islamophobia. Her work has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies, South Asia Research, Electronic Intifada, Jacobin, Salon.com, The Nation, and the New Left Review. She is on the editorial board of Studies on Asia and Spectre.

Click here for a complete list of WGGP Fall 2021 events



WGGP Co-sponsored Events

YMCA Friday Forum Fall 2021 event dates and list of co-sponsors  

YMCA Friday Forum Series | Unpacking Racism: What Are We Carrying? – Fall 2021

Friday, October 1 @ 12:00pm CST
In-person at Latzer Hall or online via Zoom

 Future Spaces in Community Places: Closing the Gap on Town and Gown 
Speaker: Stacey Robinson, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Description: As we are hearing about and experiencing continual accounts of local, national, and global racism – it weighs heavy on our communities. Join the University YMCA and DiversityEd in addressing the legacies of racism. Engage in dialogue with activists, academics, and artists as they share perspectives on the intersections of racism, and reimagine solutions to move forward.

Co-sponsored by WGGP and others. Click to view upcoming Friday Forum events.

Click to register for Friday Forum Zoom webinar

 Webinar ID:  839 1878 3990  |   Passcode: 074617

Movie posters for CSAMES Living Music Middle East Documentary Film Series  

Living Music
Middle East Documentary Film Series
Music, Musicians and Daily Life in Egypt, Afghanistan, and Lebanon

Presented by Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES)

Thursday, October 7
Film: Umm Kulthum, A Voice Like 

*Screenings on Zoom at 7:00 PM, followed by discussion*

Click to register for CSAMES Living Music film series
Guests speakers for CGS event titled "Resilience in the Times of Covid-19: Swataleem's Experience with Rural Adolescent Girls"  

Resilience in the Times of COVID-19: SwaTaleem's Experience with Rural Adolescent Girls

Presented by Center for Global Studies (CGS) as part of the Global Intersections project series

Monday, October 11
9-10am CST
via Zoom

Description: An estimated 10 million girls in India may not return to school when they reopen after the second wave of COVID-19 earlier this year. Furthermore, there will be an increase of more than 30 million child brides in the next decade globally, due to COVID-19 (UNESCO, 2020). Girls aged 12-17 are at particular risk of dropping out of school (India Education Diary, 2021).

In this seminar we speak directly with girls from rural India, their teachers to understand how COVID-19 affected India and in particular girl's education which has been at the forefront in the Global South. We will also understand how girls and other stakeholders like their teachers responded at this time.

In addition to this, from a grassroots team member and co-founder of the non-profit SwaTaleem, we discuss the role of, and challenges faced by SwaTaleem during this time working with the community.

Click to register for CGS event


Dr. Patricia Gregg  
Dr. Patricia Gregg  

Women in Science - October Lecture
Guest Speaker: Dr. Patricia Gregg

October 12, 2021 @ 12:00pm CST via Zoom

October 12th guest speaker Dr. Patricia Gregg is an Associate Professor of Geology. Dr. Gregg will discuss her research on volcanic systems and volcano evolution on land, on the seafloor and on other worlds.

The University of Illinois Archives is hosting a monthly Women in Science Lecture Series that will feature speakers from across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s diverse and multidisciplinary scientific enterprise.  This lecture series will take place over Zoom on the second Tuesday of every month from noon to 1:00pm CST.

Click to view upcoming Women in Science lectures.

Click here to register for the October Women in Science Lecture

Illinois Global Institute 2021-2022 Lecture Series


The 2021-2022 Blueprint for Transitional Justice in the US: Building on Lessons and Insights from Global Perspectives Series presented by the Illinois Global Institute in partnership with Center for African Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program.

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin  
Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin  

September Speaker

The Relevance of Transitional Justice Twenty Years after 9/11

Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
University of Minnesota Law School

Thursday, September 30

via Zoom

Click to Register


This lecture will address the challenges and relevance of transitional justice twenty years after the events of 9/11 and in the context of the return of the Taliban to territorial control of Afghanistan.  Lessons learnt over the past twenty years, and in particular the relevance of accountability, truth, justice and reparations to the 'war on terror' will be examined.

This series is made possible by the Chancellor’s 2021-2022 Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program and co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  Additional support is provided by the Department of Education Title VI Program.


Upcoming Campus Events

Ana Navarro  
Ana Navarro  

Hispanic Heritage Month Featured Speaker
Ana Navarro: Life and Politics, Political Analyst for CNN, Telemundo, and co-host of ABC’s The View

Tuesday, September 28, 4:00–5:30 pm 
Illini Union Room A 

With her signature no-holds-barred candor and larger-than-life personality, Ana Navarro will share her insights on the political landscape in the U.S. as well as her story of being a Latina immigrant, republican strategist, and the challenges that she has faced in her political career. Well-known for her political analysis on CNN and Telemundo, Navarro frequently appears in the media on Meet the Press, Bill Maher’s Real Time, and Anderson Cooper 360, and The View

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Co-sponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina. 

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CU Womens March  

2021 C-U Women's March

October 2, 10am-12pm

Join us for the Women's March on October 2, 2021! We will meet at the Alma Mater statue on UIUC's campus at 10am. We will have several speakers and then march down Green St. to the Champaign County State Courthouse where we will have several more speakers. The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.

Please check out the Women's March Facebook event page to get the event flyer and mark that you're going! https://fb.me/e/NuUqYyHy

Click to Sign Up
Taunya Saunders as guest speaker for Theorizing Kuirlombismo and Black Liberation: How Black Brazilian Artivists Challenge the Coloniality of Affect  

Theorizing Kuirlombismo and Black Liberation: How Black Brazilian Artivists Challenge the Coloniality of Affect

Presented by Gender and Women's Studies as part of the Black Feminist Theory Lectures

Tanya Saunders
University of Florida

Friday, October 8
12pm CST
via Zoom

Click to register for GWS event



Faculty Affiliate News

Dr. Jose Atiles  
Dr. Jose Atiles  

Dr. Jose Atiles is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, and faculty affiliate in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies, Global Studies Program, the Center for Global Studies, and the Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. See more

See Jose Atiles' Faculty Affiliate Profile

To learn more about becoming a WGGP Faculty Affiliate, please contact WGGP Associate Director, Anita Kaiser, at arkaiser@illinois.edu or (217) 333-6221.



Faculty and Student Announcements
  • Congratulations to Dr. Colleen Murphy, the Acting Executive Director of the Illinois Global Institute for 2021-2022, who will be invested as the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law on October 6, 2021.
  • WGGP Faculty Affiliate Dr. Rebecca Lee Smith discusses benefits of saliva test for COVID-19 detection.

If you have news to share, please let us know at wggp@illinois.edu.

Tithi Bhattacharya's book titled Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto. Book discussion on Oct 1st, 5th, and 6th.  

FEMINISM FOR THE 99%: A MANIFESTO | Book Giveway and Book Club Discussions

Pick up a copy of Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya's book FEMINISM FOR THE 99%: A MANIFESTO when you sign up for a book discussion session. Ikenberry and ISR Libraries are open M-F from noon to 6:30 for pick-up. Book discussions will be held at the following times/locations:

-Friday, Oct 1st @ 4pm (ISR Room 0050B)
-Tuesday, Oct 5th @ 7pm (Zoom)
-Wednesday, Oct 6th @ 7pm (SDRP Room 2005)

If you already have a copy of the book and just want to sign up for one of the discussions, please email Laura Poulosky at l-poulo@illinois.edu.

Group of females holding green signs at the Women's Resources Center. One female is holding a sign that says, "You Are Enough."  

The Women’s Resources Center is hiring for Advocacy and Wellness Coordinator (Advocate):

An Advocacy and Wellness Coordinator (Advocate) who will create and foster communities that support survivors of sexual misconduct. The Coordinator serves as a Confidential Advisor, providing advocacy and support services to students, faculty, and staff who have experienced sexual misconduct. This position will have a partial embedded placement in the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center as a part of our Embedded Confidential Advisor Model which aims to better serve students of color at Illinois.

*Application portal closes Sunday, October 10*

Click here to apply
Humanities Research Institute annual newsletter is now available.  

 The Humanities Research Institute's (HRI) annual newsletter is here! In it HRI introduces the year ahead in humanities research at Illinois; the brilliant slate of speakers, performers, and programs planned; and a look back at a year unlike any other.  


WGGP Programs

WGGP Gender Relations in International Development Graduate Minor

WGGP offers a graduate minor in Gender Relations in International Development (GRID). The GRID interdisciplinary minor is designed to give students the analytical and empirical skills needed to address and critically evaluate human development issues in research and policy analysis, as well as in daily life. As of 2021, GRID Alumni have come from 41 departments across campus and 52 different countries.

To learn more about the GRID minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu or by phone at 333-6221.

Click for more information on the GRID Minor


Certificate in Global Health  
Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health
Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

LAS Global Studies, in conjunction with Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP), is offering a Certificate in Global Health. This certificate is open to all undergraduate majors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Click for more information on Undergraduate Certificate


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